Here’s an irony of all ironies. Jesus was killed by the people who were waiting for Him to come and save. They killed Him because He didn’t look or act like the Messiah of their theology. And since He didn’t agree with their theology, He was a blasphemer and had a demon. Never mind that He healed the sick, cast out demons, raised the dead back to life, and fulfilled their Messianic prophecies.
One of the problems is, Jesus didn’t seem to understand His own Messianic program.
He was supposed to come and wipe out the Romans; instead, He came and wiped out their religious construct.
They were waiting for their Kingdom to come, but He said His Kingdom is within us.
When Jesus rode into the Eastern Gate on a donkey, they expected Him to turn right and overturn the Roman Garrison. Instead, He turned left and overturned the moneychanger’s tables.
He was supposed to come and kill all of Israel’s enemies and make them the greatest world power. Instead, He gave up His life, letting His enemies kill Him in the most humiliating way possible, and then let God raise Him up by His power.
Likewise, Jesus doesn’t behave the way we want Him to….
We want Him to get the “other guy” so we can watch with glee. But He comes and points His finger at our hypocritical heart.
We rail against sinners and overlook our own religious hypocrisies. Jesus railed against the religious hypocrisies and forgave sinners.
We want our enemies to get what’s coming to them; Jesus tells us to love our enemies and bless them.
We want to prove we have the “right” version of Christianity because of our Bible doctrines; Jesus says we’ll be known by our love for one another.
I don’t even think Jesus would pass our evangelism classes. He never told people to say a sinner’s prayer, never made sure they knew they were lost first, and never once used the Ten Commandments to corner them and push their nose in their sin.
Jesus had no respect for our atonement theories either. He often forgave their sins and said they were saved before they even asked, and before the cross, and without bloodshed! Doesn’t Jesus understand the plan of salvation? Of course, He didn’t go to Pharisee school, so no wonder His theology was all wrong.
Jesus made friends with sinners, ate and drank with them, and didn’t judge them once. The only people He judged were the people supposedly behaving themselves.
Why didn’t Jesus get it?